Become an accredited fit tester

Coming Soon – December 2020

The RESP-FIT program is still in development launching in December 2020 during the AIOH Virtual Symposium.

The RESP-FIT accreditation will be a two-stage assessment where the applicant must demonstrate theoretical and practical skill in general fit testing knowledge and a chosen fit test methodology specifically. The three fit test methodologies are:

  • Qualitative (QLFT) – Aerosol Taste Test (ATT)
  • Quantitative (QNFT) – Ambient aerosol condensation nuclei-counting (CNC)
  • Quantitative (QNFT) – Controlled Negative Pressure (CNP)

RESP-FIT is not assessing competence for other fit test methodologies, such as Vapour qualitative fit test with isoamyl acetate(IAA)/banana oil or irritant smoke.

Those seeking accreditation can choose to attempt accreditation for multiple methodologies. This may be undertaken in the same assessment process or choose to attempt separate methodology accreditation at a later date.

 

NOTE: It is not mandatory for individuals seeking accreditation to have completed an approved RESP-FIT course but is highly recommended as an approved course covers the base theory knowledge that is assessed in the accreditation process.

 

The accreditation process involves two stages to assess the knowledge and ability based upon AS/NZS 1715, OSHA 1910.134 and ISO 16975-3 including knowledge and application of the following:

  • Human respiratory physiology
  • Respiratory hazards
  • Respiratory Protection Program requirements
  • Types of RPD used for the fit test
  • Fit test methods
  • Set up and usage of fit test equipment
  • Conduct of the fit test
  • Identify the likely causes of fit-test failures

 

Stage 1 – Theoretical Assessment

Timed theory assessment (1 Hour) is a general online theory assessment (closed book) covering theory for all methodologies assessed under the RESP-FIT Program.  The pass mark is 80% for the theoretical assessment.

 

Stage 2 – Practical Assessment by video

On successful completion of Stage 1, the applicant provides a  YouTube link of themselves performing the nominated fit test methodology using the OSHA 1910.134 protocol* for assessment of practical skills by nominated RESP-FIT assessors. They will be assessed for correct technique and explanation of the process, including the importance of each step and pitfalls to avoid.

The practical assessment video is required within 3 months of competing the Stage 1.  A separate video (maximum 20 minutes) is required for each fit test methodology.  The applicant is responsible to ensure the video clip demonstrates their ability and competence.

 

* For QNFT-CNC this is the 7 exercise protocol NOT the modified shortened protocol.

 

A fit tester’s accreditation is valid for 3 years. Within the last 6 months of this period, the individual must reapply, pay fees and again complete Stage 1 and Stage 2 to extend accreditation for another 3 years (from the original 3-year expiry date).

 

APPLICATION FEES

The associated costs for application and approved course are as follows (ex gst).

$650 – Non AIOH members

for 2 stage online assessment through examsoft, 3 year accreditation period for 1 methodology, AIOH administration, ongoing RESP-FIT marketing and website support, certificate and card, details on RESP-FIT website, RESP-FIT ebadge and includes 1 year AIOH associate membership.

$550 – Non AIOH members who have attended an approved RESP-FIT course

for 2 stage online assessment through examsoft, 3 year accreditation period for 1 methodology, AIOH administration, ongoing RESP-FIT marketing and website support, certificate and card, details on RESP-FIT website, RESP-FIT ebadge and includes 1 year AIOH associate membership.

$450 – AIOH members

for 2 stage online assessment through examsoft, 3 year accreditation period for 1 methodology, AIOH administration, ongoing RESP-FIT marketing and website support, certificate and card, details on RESP-FIT website, RESP-FIT ebadge.

$200 – Exam

Additional cost to resit exam for each attempt.

$100 – video submission

Additional cost per additional fit test methodology video submission.

Accreditation to the RESP-FIT Program confirms that at the point of assessment, the individual was deemed competent of meeting the Programs criteria. It does not, in any way, imply the AIOH or RESP-FIT Program will bear any responsibility whatsoever in the event of a fit test provider failing to satisfactorily carry out their duties whilst fit testing (or any other service they may undertake)’. It is recommended, accredited fit testers are personally and adequately insured against such an event and have agreed to abide by the terms and conditions and rules of the Program.

It is the “RESP-FIT Accredited” fit testers responsibility to ensure they communicate to undertake accredited fit testing activities to which they have been accredited. Accreditation should not be implied against any fit test method that has not been granted accreditation to the individual and the fit tester must fully acquaint the customer of the area of accredited expertise.